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VFL R5 - Port v Footscray

Round 5 - 13/05/2017
North Port Oval

Port Melbourne

B: 3. L. Tynan, 21. L. Cook, 16. D. Viojo-Rainbow

HB: 18. M. Wooffindin, 23. H. Sandilands, 29. C. Cain

C: 30. B.  Murdoch, 10. T.  Pinwill, 27. D.  Mascitti

HF: 32. B. Pearson, 31. B. Mihocek, 35. E. Templeton

F: 7. D. Conway, 6. J. Lisle, 19. A. Anastasio

R: 36. L. Waddell, 4. T. O'Sullivan, 20. S. Dwyer

Int: 13. T. Gordon, 49. C. Carey, 1. M. Rivett, 22. M. Arnot, 15. L. Osborne, 9. B. Hogan, 2. K. Haretuku, 28. R. Nahas

23P: 66. A. Krakauer

In: L. Osborne, C. Carey, M. Arnot, R. Nahas


B: 65. J. Russell, 32. K. Collins, 68. A. Barry

HB: 24. S. Biggs, 40. N. Mullenger-Mchugh, 28. J. Prudden

C: 51. L.  Dalgleish, 54. N.  Jamieson, 56. W.  Hayes

HF: 8. S. Crameri, 33. L. Young, 22. M. Honeychurch

F: 66. A. Bruhn, 15. T. Campbell, 44. T. English

R: 23. J. Roughead, 3. M. Wallis, 58. M. Goodyear

Int: 71. A. Panayi, 74. E. Wales, 57. J. Staley, 60. A. Tashevski-Beckwith, 55. A. Greenwood, 64. J. Foster, 53. B. Gowers, 72. G. Hamilton

23P: 73. J. Shea

In: J. Staley, J. Roughead, G. Hamilton, M. Honeychurch, A. Panayi, A. Bruhn, E. Wales, 
M. Goodyear, A. Greenwood, J. Foster, J. Shea
Out: L. Webb, N. Ryan, B. Dance, T. Dickson, J. Redpath, D. Hamilton, B. DaleP

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Western Bulldogs' Jordan Roughead to join Mitch Wallis in the VFL

From The Age

Reported by Scott Spitts
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It will be a star-studded Western Bulldogs line-up in the VFL this week with Mitch Wallis and Stewart Crameri to be joined by injury-hit ruckman Jordan Roughead for his first game since suffering a serious hamstring injury during the pre-season.

Roughead, who famously overcame bleeding in his right eye – a condition known as hyphema – in the lead-up to last year's premiership triumph, tore his hamstring from the bone in a JLT Community Series match against Melbourne in February.


 Jordan Roughead.Return from injury: Jordan Roughead. Photo: AFL Media/Getty Images

"We're pretty firm with the team we'll name, how West Coast go, particularly around the ruck, will influence tactically how we go."

Third-year midfielder Lukas Webb, who has played 15 AFL games but none yet in 2017, is poised for selection after travelling with the squad to Perth.

Lukas Webb is one we're taking on the plane across, he's a beautiful kick and he's developed a good balance as a midfielder," Beveridge said.

The Bulldogs will resist the temptation to include Wallis, who has played only two VFL games in his return from a broken leg suffered in round 18 last year.

It was originally feared Wallis would be out for 12 months but his rehabilitation has been close to perfect after a successful procedure by surgeon David Young.

"Mitch Wallis will play again at VFL level this week. He's just has the two games and we want to let him build still at that level," Beveridge said.

Forward Tory Dickson, who had an abdominal injury, will be rested from all levels of football after two games in the VFL.

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Port Melbourne's last win against Footscray...


Final 22/09/1923

Port Melbourne 2-2 4-6 4-9    8-9 57

Footscray 1-2 3-5 4-9           5-11 41


Venue: North Melbourne Attendance: Nearly 20000
Result: Port Melbourne Gate: £914

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A bloody tough game of footy, that should have had even neutral supporters glued to the TV's at home.


In what was a game where Footscray got out to a 20 odd point lead at one stage, it tightened back up and was scores level at time on in the last quarter and then a 1 point lead to Footscray at around the 24 minute mark before Port kicked away to get up by 5 goals.

If you didn't get a chance to watch the game it's well worth it, as it was feircely contested throughout, with a lot of tackling and close-in pressure throught the 4 quarters.  I'd rate it as one of the best wins I have seen and the Borough should be mighty proud and must now be in the premiership mix.

Port Melbourne   2.2  6.3  10.5  17.9 (111)
Footscray   3.1  7.5  10.8  12.9 (81)

Port Melbourne: Conway 4 Haretuku 3 Lisle 3 Pearson 2 Anastasio  Templeton  Wooffindin  Murdoch  Nahas 
Footscray: Panayi 2 Honeychurch 2 Shea 2 Roughead  Gowers  Jamieson  Campbell  Hayes  Mullenger-Mchugh 

Port Melbourne: Murdoch Haretuku Templeton Dwyer Mascitti Conway
Footscray: Tashevski-Beckwith Russell Honeychurch Gowers Wallis Jamieson

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A really strong crowd today.  I think the majority were still Port Melbourne supporters, but good to see quite a few Footscray faithful and supporters out on the hill.

The surface looked in pretty good condition and most of the turnovers were due to the high level of pressure from opposition.

English will be a very good player for the Western Bulldogs in years to come, and Mitch Wallis looked to get through the game well with near 30 possessions.  Mitch Honeychurch should have gone the Hrovat option and sought a trade if he wants to play football at AFL level.  He's very solid at VFL level but still will struggle to be in the Dogs best 22.

For Port.. I thought Nahas had a ton of the ball, but made a few disposal errors today, particularly missing handball targets, but he wasn't on his own there.  Good to see Lisle hitting the scoreboard, and hopefully his form continues to improve. Lauchy Waddell and Haretuku worked really well across the ground against genuine talls in Campbell and Roughead.


Murdoch and Templeton.. what can you say.  Great acquisitions to the club. They are playing quality football and their form and efforts have been first rate.  Sam Dwyer is looking more like his old (or young?) self and moving well and using the ball smartly.

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Earlier in the day in the Development LeagueL

Port Melbourne   4.3  4.3  17.14  24.14 (158)
Williamstown   2.3  2.3  3.7  6.10 (46)

Port Melbourne: Hogan 5 Arnot 3 Iaccarino 3 O'Brien 2 Lange 2 Conway 2 Osborne 2 Goss  Wilson  De Soysa  Urban  Valenti 
Williamstown: Minogue 2 Romensky  Goetz  Ebinger  Condon 

Port Melbourne: Arnot Hogan Conway Lange Clarke Tynan
Williamstown: Monk Carter Minogue Davies Richards Kempster


Amazing result and one of the biggest wins I can recall against Williamstowns DL / Reserve team.  The Seagulls have been one of the powerhouses of the DL and after Port struggled to kick 4 goals against Sandringham last week, had a massive turnaround, kicking (at times) goals at will.

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Is that game you quoted above the one where we won the grand final and they were allowed to a replay - which they ended up winning to get the flag ? Yeah I don;t think the scoreline is indicative of how close a game it really was. Port should be very proud of not dropping their heads and really have faith in themselves to stay in the game. This will be huge in terms of moral and belief and probably our biggest to date. As for the crowd - I thought the best we have seen this year even surpassing the call to arms day. It was a great day for the club and its a great time to be a Port Melbourne supporter.

37 times Grand finalists
16 times premiers
21 times runners up - THE MIGHTY BOROUGH!

I'LL BE PORT UNTIL I'M DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Mark DadswellBorough skipper Toby Pinwill gets away a handball against Footscray. Picture: Mark Dadswell

Port Melbourne streaks away from Footscray to go 5-0 in the VFL

AS they surged into the rooms to hear Port Melbourne sing the song, supporters were at one.

“What a win,’’ they fizzed, exultant at the Borough’s final-quarter blitz against Footscray Bulldogs at North Port Oval on Saturday.

And coach Gary Ayres agreed.

Ayres is in his 10th season at Port Melbourne and has overseen a premiership and a string of stirring finals victory.

But he put Saturday’s success as “right up there, pretty special’’.

The Borough fell 20 points behind in the second quarter against a strong Dogs team.

By the final siren they were 30 to the good, having kicked the last five goals of the match.

It was Port Melbourne’s first victory over the Bulldogs since they cut ties with Williamstown and began fielding their own team in 2014.

Ayres regarded it as a statement-maker, coming as it did before the Channel 7 cameras.

Mitch Wallis busy at ground level for the Doggies. Picture: Mark Dadswell

“Our perseverance today, to actually stay in the contest, that was outstanding from our players,’’ he said.

“It would have been a great game to watch, and a great advertisement for the VFL on TV, and they would have seen we’re putting in and trying to be a good club and can achieve some special things with this group.

“Really proud today. It was a bloody good win.’’

Scores were level at the 20-minute mark of the final quarter but Jordan Lisle’s third goal gave Port the advantage, the right-footer having stayed on the ground and marked on his chest as three Dogs defenders flew to spoil.

Then Brodie Murdoch, thrown into the centre, launched a long bomb on his left foot from outside 50m to lift the lead 12 points.

Khan Haretuku and Dylan Conway extended it, making for a perfect-10 contribution from the key forwards. Conway finished with four goals and Lisle and Haretuku three each.

Port’s Lachie Waddell and Footscray’s Jordan Roughead at a throw-in. Picture: Mark Dadswell

Blake Pearson finished the rout with his second for the term as Port ran away from a team with 11 AFL players.

Accelerate might be a better description given Acceleration is handling the club fitness and conditioning this year.

If Murdoch (24 possessions) was best-afield, his former St Kilda teammate Eli Templeton (32) and ex-Blue Dillon Viojo-Rainbow were at his heels.

And big Haretuku set down his influence on the match with two goals in two minutes early in the third quarter after little Andrew Panayi put the Dogs 14 points ahead just a few seconds after the resumption of play.

The win also featured a bit of Krakauer magic in the form of tiny Ash Krakauer.

In only his second game, the 2016 Sandringham Dragons premiership player caught the eye with his composure and classy use of the ball. The No 66 got his kicks not on Route 66, but around the wing and flanks, pacy and poised. He might become a cult figure in the VFL this year.

“When there was so much pressure on, he was one of the guys who was really clean,’’ Ayres noted.

The same could be said for Sam Dwyer.

Bulldogs defender Anthony “Bundy’’ Barry and Borough big man Khan Haretuku in an aerial duel. Picture: Mark Dadswell

Port’s Development League team won by 112 points, and Ayres said he had a host of players knocking at his door seeking a senior opportunity: Billy Hogan, Josh Tynan, Matt Arnot, Mitch Golby, Anthony Vella, Alex Urban and Mitch Hayes.

“We’re building internal pressure,’’ he said. “The players know they have to keep stepping up to the plate, because there are hungry players in Development just waiting for their chance. That’s a very healthy situation for our footy club.’’

For Footscray, Mitch Wallis had 29 disposals to show he was ready for an AFL recall, defender Shane Biggs had 27 and was creative off half back, and VFL-listed trio Nick Jamieson (30), Andrew Tashevski-Beckwith and Jordan Russell (26) saw a lot of the ball too.

First-year ruckman Tim English had some good moments and should develop into a fine player for the Doggies.

Tall rookie Nathan Mullenger-McHugh (two goals) is also coming along nicely.

Premiership big man Jordan Roughead made his return from a hamstring injury and had Scrays supporters clapping when he drilled a long set-shot in the second quarter.

More than anything he was out there to shake off some rust.

Stewart Crameri was out there to find some form, but he battled to get into the game. The experienced leftie had to leave the ground midway through the last quarter after taking a heavy hit as he marked the ball.

Peter Jackson VFL 2017

Port Melbourne 2.2 6.3 10.5 17.9 (111)

Footscray 3.1 7.5 10.8 12.9 (81)


Port Melbourne: Conway 4 Haretuku 3 Lisle 3 Pearson 2 Anastasio Templeton Wooffindin Murdoch Nahas

Footscray: Panayi 2 Honeychurch 2 Shea 2 Roughead Gowers Jamieson Campbell Hayes Mullenger-Mchugh



Port Melbourne: Murdoch Haretuku Templeton Dwyer Mascitti Conway

Footscray: Tashevski-Beckwith Russell Honeychurch Gowers Wallis Jamieson

Development League

Port Melbourne 4.3 4.3 17.14 24.14 (158)

Williamstown 2.3 2.3 3.7 6.10 (46)


Port Melbourne: Hogan 5 Arnot 3 Iaccarino 3 O’Brien 2 Lange 2 Conway 2 Osborne 2 Goss Wilson De Soysa Urban Valenti

Williamstown: Minogue 2 Romensky Goetz Ebinger Condon


Port Melbourne: Arnot Hogan Conway Lange Clarke Tynan

Williamstown: Monk Carter Minogue Davies Richards Kempster